ST. PETERSBURG — A luxury yacht so extravagant words can barely do its Goliath size justice has docked at Port St. Pete.
The Bella Vita is nearly 250 feet long and costs about $650,000 to charter for a week in the winter, according to broker Moran Yacht and Ship. It can accommodate 12 passengers between its six staterooms and six decks, and a staff of 22.
On its website, the charter company describes the Bella Vita as “the superyacht for the adventurous, daring or those with insatiable wanderlust.”
It’s unclear who chartered the yacht and docked it in St. Pete. No one from Moran immediately responded to a reporter’s inquiry to learn more about the megayacht, which is under a Cayman Island flag. Trade website Superyachts.com says the Bella Vita is one of the top 100 largest yachts in the world.
The ship draws attention wherever it goes: Last August, it docked on Lake Erie in Cleveland, prompting the same gawks it’s getting now from the waters near the St. Pete Cost Guard Station and the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.
There is a hot tub on the sun deck, gym, movie theater, piano, water skis, wave runners, scuba gear and even a salon and spa on board. It “delivers on luxury while also having the brawny ability to go anywhere in the world," according to its broker’s website.
Before it came to St. Petersburg, online marine logs show the Bella Vita stopping most recently in Palm Beach. In November, it made stops in Charleston, S.C. and Norfolk, Va.
Once summer begins, the yacht’s chartering price jumps to nearly $724,000 per week.